Rubio with Romney against Ledbetter act

The Republican says he supports equal pay but not the bill

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 21, 2012 3:43PM (EDT)

Marco Rubio      (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
Marco Rubio (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Speaking on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Sen. Marco Rubio came to Mitt Romney's defense in his opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- one of the most celebrated pieces of legislation passed under Obama.

"Just because they call a piece of legislation an equal pay bill doesn't make it so," Rubio said. "In fact, much of this legislation is, in many respects, nothing but an effort to help trial lawyers collect their fees and file lawsuits, which may not contribute at all whatsoever to increasing pay equity in the workplace." [h/t Huffington Post]

On the evening of last week's presidential debate, a top Romney aide said the candidate would have opposed the Fair Pay Act when the legislation was proposed in 2009 but the following day, but would not repeal the act if made president.

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